As if seeing our chances of securing a top-two finish dwindle into the mist on Monday was not bad enough, we suffered yet another injury when we faced Brentford.
This time, it was Ezgjan Alioski limping off the field in the 12th minute, as the left-back suffered what has now been confirmed as a tear to his meniscus, which will rule the 27-year-old out for the remainder of the season.
Alioski had been one of just two Whites stars to never miss a starting XI in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa – the other being Mateusz Klich – but our versatile Macedonian ball of energy has been forced to undergo surgery, ruling him out for six to eight weeks.
The boss may now keep his faith in Stuart Dallas when we face Aston Villa on Saturday, as the 28-year-old came off the bench to replace Alioski at Griffin Park, but another call-up for Leif Davis cannot be scrubbed from the cards just yet.
Davis made his senior Whites debut when we last met the Birmingham-based outfit, and faired respectably well at Villa Park, even if we did concede twice.
Some fans have even called for the 19-year-old to get what would be only his second start in the Championship on Saturday when the club shared that Alioski was out for the final weeks of the campaign.
Other Whites supporters also shared their take on Alioski’s injury, and it’s fair to say that not every one of them were sad to see the news…
One of the greatest weekends of my life, never ever going to forget this.
— Beth (@BGF_lufc) April 23, 2019
Leif Davis did well against villa last time hope he gets given a chance.
— We All Love Leeds u23 (@Leeds______) April 23, 2019
Kodija going to have a field day with Dallas.
— Carll Light (@Cfbhfdcvjgf) April 23, 2019
Big loss & i dont care what anyone else thinks he will be missed.
— Julie Trimble (@trimble1959) April 23, 2019
I fell bad for him as a player and a person, but for Leeds I think this is a good thing, he’s been disappointing and it’ll let us try someone new
— |Elliott| (@Elliott_LUFCx) April 23, 2019
Get shack in for rest of games then he is more than capable
— Stephen Maher ???????? (@stevemaher34) April 23, 2019
Tearing his meniscus. I’ve been tearing my hair out lately with that left hand side.
— Cheesy_ Beans ???? (@_ChrisRees_) April 23, 2019
Alioski will be running about in a fortnight. That lad is beyond human.
— Jay ???????? (@jaymerry91) April 23, 2019
Surely Berardi is an obvious replacement. I don’t understand why Dallas came on ahead of him yesterday
— James Glasspoole (@JamesGlasspoole) April 23, 2019
He won’t be missed, he has been poor last 4 or 5 games
— Gary (@GaryWelsher) April 23, 2019
Frustrating player, but works very very hard. We will miss his energy and also a left footer playing out wide. Presumably we will go with Dallas or Berardi at LB, who are both right footed. Would like to see Davis start but lot of pressure on a young lad.
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) April 23, 2019
Brilliant might get somebody on now that can put in a decent cross.
— andrew rosindale (@andyGamingMad) April 23, 2019
Good grief poor Gjanni – feel for him. He was so gutted to come off. We will miss his energy but not his corners! Get Shacks in ????????
— Lindsey Paton (@LindseyPaton) April 23, 2019
Put @leifdavis31 back in please Marcelo ????
— TheFlyingScotsman (@TheReal_FlyingS) April 23, 2019
Sorry for him personally but that’s good news for Leeds. He’s gets up and down but that’s it.
His crossing and shooting abilities are, to be kind, questionable.
— Fran (@TollersonFran) April 23, 2019